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Classic Trader reveals which classic cars are worth investing in

20 May , 2016  

Classic Trader, headquarted in Berlin, Germany, has recently released a new guide which tracks individual value trends of classic cars identified by chassis numbers. The guide reveals the financial performance of the top 100 individual classic cars which have recorded the biggest shifts in value over the last six years.

Classic Trader was inspired to add this valuable reference tool to the website in order to “cater for what many call ‘passion investing’; it is for anybody who enjoys classic vehicles and wishes to gain an insight of the classic car market, specific popular marques and interesting trending phenomena within market movements, with a view to investment.

Like many other alternative investments, the classic car market is short of affordable, reliable, accurate information and/or analysis.”

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Have a look at the interactive guide:

Some key facts:

  • The interactive guide puts the exotic De Tomaso Mangusta in first place, with a growth of over 500% since 2010.
  • Three British icons (Rolls Royce Phantom II, + 499%, Aston Martin DB2/4, + 469% and DB4 Vantage Volante, + 330%), two German classics (BMW M1, 449% and Mercedes 190SL Roadster, + 412%) and three Ferraris (512 BB, + 392%, 500 Superfast, + 354% and 212 Inter Europa by Vignale, + 330%) complete the top ten with French Talbot-Lago T26 GS (+ 327%).
  • The analysis also shows average prices achieved by popular models such as the Mini, Ford Escort and Ford Capri; interestingly, although the Mini and the Capri show an increase of 32% and 24% respectively, the Escort reports a loss of 32%. Calculating averages, in fact, does not take into account other factors; for example, the rise in value of the Escort Mexico and the resulting flooding of the market with less prestigious Escort versions may have brought the average value down.
  • At the other end of the scale, the average* value of a Ferrari California Spider LWB has risen from € 2,058,500 in 2010 to € 6,638,170 in 2015.

Whilst the guide highlights a somewhat predictable rise among the most sought-after models, more humble cars such as the Fiat 850 Spider and Lancia Integrale Evo 1 are proving to be equally desirable as they have doubled or even tripled in value since 2010.

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If you are interested in “passion investing” you can find more information, put togerher by some of the most influential experts in the car industry here.



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